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GIRLS Star Allison Williams To Play Peter Pan In NBC Production

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I've only ever seen a few episodes of GIRLS so I'm not really familiar with her. I hope she's great, though!
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Updated On: 7/30/14 at 09:46 AM
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Very nice :)
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I am really curious about this. At first I wasn't interested in another Peter Pan television production but I'm intrigued by this casting.
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Never heard of her. Sounds good enough.
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Well, at least they realized casting a male was never gonna work. Small mercies.
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I've never seen "Girls," but I've heard that she is very good on it, and the videos of her singing sound more than capable, but I have to wonder if she would have had a shot at the role if any network other than NBC was doing the show. I would guess having her father as one of the faces of NBC didn't hurt the casting process.
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Brian for Mr. Darling.
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And that's not to say that she's not a perfect fit for Peter, because she very well might be, it's just curious.
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How in the world are they going to market this?

And yes, your kids can also watch Allison Williams in "Girls"
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FindingNamo, most brilliant idea yet. Maybe he could rap it, or slow jam the role!
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Perhaps the angle is that the kids will want to watch because it's Peter Pan. I know my 23 year-old daughter, who would not have watched otherwise, will be watching now.
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Other than Kristen Bell, I wonder how many other bigger stars (if any) turned down the role before they decided on Allison.
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Another girl pretending to be a boy? I lost any interest in watching, I already have two dvds of girls doing Peter in this show .... well four if you count the unmentionables. I don't need to see another one.
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Maybe Lena Dunham will play Tiger Lily!
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South Fl Marc, the role was written for a woman (not girl) to play. I think you would have seen a much bigger uproar from theatre folk had they tried to cast a young man/teen boy in the role. I am very glad they cast a woman, I just think the selection was a little odd.
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Other than Kristen Bell, I wonder how many other bigger stars (if any) turned down the role before they decided on Allison.

With all due respect, Kristen Bell did not turn down the role. She has stated that she would have accepted the offer, but unfortunately, her work schedule wouldn't permit her the time commitment the producers of PETER PAN required for pre-production.
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Brody, I apologize, the essence of my question was not that she turned it down, rather that Allison wasn't the first choice. I hadn't heard that she said she would have accepted it, I had thought she had to decline early on in the process because of scheduling concerns.

Either way, my point remains, I wonder if there were people approached in between Kristen and Allison. We will probably never know, but that is quite a jump down in star power.

Again, I am in no way saying that Allison won't be great, but on the heels of a mega-star like Carrie Underwood starring last year, Kristen would have made sense. Allison seems completely out of leftfield.
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Isn't Kristen Bell pregnant?
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I'd heard that rumor too, even before she was announced for "Hair," but never saw it confirmed, so I just assumed it wasn't true. That obviously would have been a major issue in playing Peter.
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Her rep confirmed it, apparently.


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Yes, Kristen Bell is Pregnant.

I'm excited about Allison Williams being cast; I think she'll be wonderful.
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She reeks of a 5th choice, but I guess she'll be fine? She can't be worse than Carrie Underwood.
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I have no idea who she is.

I checked out the ratings for HBO's "Girls." They're under a million viewers per episode, sometimes way under. I hope she can draw an audience.
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>Maybe Lena Dunham will play Tiger Lily!<

Imagine the fun with a live broadcast as Tiger decides to try and get Peter to "grow up" not to mention the wardrobe malfunctions.
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However strong or weak she is in the "Girls" ensemble, she strikes me as singular un-boylike. Shouldn't that be a pre-requisite for the part?

 
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